09 Jan REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE: JANUARY EDITION
While GTA buyers were stress-test-adjusted and benefiting from lower interest rates, the December 2019 real estate market heavily favoured sellers. The Toronto Real Estate Board MLS has reported a near 12 per cent increase in the average selling price of a GTA home over the previous year – $837,788 in December 2019 compared to $749,014 in December 2018. This remarkable price acceleration points directly to historic lows of available active listings that, in December 2019, were down by over 35 per cent, which is equal to 4,000 fewer active listings than in 2018. Despite the inventory challenge intensifying, transactions in Canada’s largest real estate market for all of 2019 increased by 12.6 per cent year over year, finishing out at 87,825.